I recently had business in Hendersonville, but that suited me because there are lots of great vintage shops in that area. I was on a tight schedule, and so I was only able to stop at two places, but there was a lot of great stuff to see and talk about.
One thing I can say for certain, in the first three decades of the twentieth century they really knew how to sell a book. I’m talking about the fantastic covers. Just look at Peg o’ My Heart above. I’d have bought that book based on the little scruffy dog alone, not to mention Peg and her little bag.
Or what about Peacock Feathers, with that super Coles Phillips illustration? I am always on the lookout for pictures of women wearing pants in the forest. But it has been pretty much my experience that when it comes to mass market books of that era, you just can’t judge the book by its cover. It leads to great disappointment.
Someone assembled a lovely scrapbook filled with illustrations like this farm girl. Behind it you can see a wallpaper sample. It was full of loveliness, but then when I turned to look at the cover I saw that the book was originally a 1910 tailoring book of wool fabric samples and drawings of the suggested suits.
My guess is that these are bicycling boots. The heels are a bit high for hiking, though they could have served that purpose as well.
I don’t see a lot of these patio sets here in the East. They were made to sell to tourists visiting the Southwest, but I have a feeling that the ones purchased didn’t get a lot of wear. They border on costume, being based on the tightly pleated skirts of Navajo women. They were even called squaw dresses during the time, though that term is not used much these days due to the idea that some consider the word to be offensive.
Here’s the label, with a great thunderbird motif.
Of course I had to photograph these Scottie twins.
Here’s a wooden handbag that was trying to cash in on the popularity of the Enid Collins bags. This one is not signed in any way. I love the 1960s version of nostalgia, with all its quaintness. Make sure you note the doggie in the basket.
I do not need to take up another craft, but I’d almost learn to knit in order to have a pair of those beer socks.
There are quilt historians who claim that quilt makers invented modern art. This quilt is an excellent argument in their favor.
Here’s proof that there are still bargains to be found in antique stores. This silk teddy from the 1920s was unworn and perfect, and only twelve dollars.
I’m sorry about the quality of this photo, but look carefully to see how this velveteen handbag is shaped using folds. And what about that clasp? It almost looks like a pair of lips.
And finally, a 1940s photographer gets all artsy.